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Suffering Fools, by Ed Gaffney

Cover ImageFinished 7-22-08, rating 3/5, suspense, pub. 2006

“You know sometimes big problems get smaller when you talk about them.”  Chapter 25

This is the second book with attorneys Zack and Terry, but I didn’t realize that or I would have started with the first one.  But, no worries, this was completely a stand alone novel.  Zack and Terry, friends since college, take the case of ‘Babe’ for free and find themselves trying to defend a man who can barely put a complex sentence together.  At the same time, there is a kidnapped woman who cannot remember who she is and an Assistant District Attorney more concerned with the truth than a conviction, much to the consternation of his boss.

I liked it, but there were a lot of story lines going on at the same time that took place at different times.  In one chapter you could be reading an long ago written email, a future trial transcript, present time and two months ago.  It seemed unnecessarily confusing.  The mystery and the writing were good enough that I really didn’t really need to wait until the middle of the book to get a handle on who was who.  Even with that complaint the book kept me turning the pages as fast as I could.  I’ll have to read the the first book about these attorneys.

July 23, 2008 Posted by | 3 Star Books | , , , , | Leave a comment

Enemy Combatant by Ed Gaffney

Cover ImageFinished 5-9-08, rating 4/5, fiction, pub. 2008

Defense Attorney Tom Carpenter is a man who believes in the law.  His father was a prosecutor and Tom has made a living of keeping the system of justice in balance by providing an excellent defense for even those who may not deserve it.  So, it is no surprise that he is suddenly defending Juan Gomez, enemy combatant.  Juan finds himself charged with the greatest act of terrorism since 9-11 and Tom is positive that he is fighting a losing battle.

Tom comes to the realization that all is not as it seems with the case against Gomez when he and his family are repeatedly threatened.  Tom is held at gunpoint, shot at, shot (all at different times by different people) and finally considered an enemy combatant himself.  His family is depending on him and time is running out for Tom and Gomez.

I could not put this book down.  I kept telling myself that I’d stop after one more chapter, but couldn’t seem to follow through.  This is an edge of your seat, timely thriller.  The themes of justice, terrorism, and government post 9-11 are scary and make for a compelling thriller.  You will be drawn in from the very first chapter.  Highly recommended.

May 11, 2008 Posted by | 4 Star Books | , , , , | Leave a comment